Garnet Valley senior defensive lineman Sean Elison (6-4, 280) recently committed to Saint Francis University.
Elison is a projected offensive lineman at the collegiate level.
He had garnered interest from several other FCS programs including Coastal Carolina, Wagner and VMI.
Strath Haven WR/DB John Ruza has earned preferred walk-on status at Temple.
One of the top defensive backs in the county, Ruza posted 50 tackles and six interceptions last season.
This Sunday marks the beginning of several “Kevin Magee’s 3riple Threat Quarterback Clinic” sessions at Bonner-Prendergast
The clinic is open to players in grades four-through-12.
Dates are Sunday April 6, 13 and 27; and Sunday May 4 and 18.
On those dates, the fourth-to-eighth grade sessions run from 6-7 p.m.; ninth-to-12th grade sessions run from 7-8 p.m.
The purpose of the clinic is to teach “fundamental instruction for quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. Each player will get one on one instruction by coaches are their position.”
For more information, contact Kevin Magee at (610) 329-3438.
Haverford High fullback Alex Drum will run people over at the college level in 2014.
Drum has committed to Ursinus College.
An underrated performer for the Fords the last two years, Drum capped his high school career with a season-high 74 yards rushing, including a 68-yard touchdown run, in Haverford’s 31-13 shellacking of Upper Darby last Thanksgiving.
Drum was named MVP of the Turkey Bowl game.
After months of rumor and speculation, Chris Gicking is finally coming home to Marple Newtown.
Gicking is the new head football coach of the Tigers.
Marplenewtownfootball.com announced the Gicking hiring, which was approved at the Marple Newtown School District board meeting Tuesday night.
Gicking spent the last 13 years as an assistant at Conestoga, helping the Pioneers win two Central League championships.
The 1995 Daily Times Player of the Year and star quarterback is the county’s all-time leader in career passing yardage, a record that may never be broken. Gicking takes over a Tigers program that went 3-7 in 2013 under Ray Gionta, who stepped down in February to take the Sun Valley position.
“It’s definitely one of the goals I’ve had in mind,” Gicking said late Tuesday. “I used to tell (former Marple Newtown coach) Jim Smith that I wanted to be just like him, back when you could coach and be the AD at a school all at the same time. Obviously, it’s a differrent time now. But it’s great to be back.”
As a quarterback for the Tigers, from 1993-95, Gicking racked up 5,897 passing yards, a record that may never be broken in Delco.
Gicking, according to the Marple Newtown website, holds several program records including career passing yards, single-game passing yards (360), season passing yards (2,320), single-season touchdown passes (25) and touchdown passes in a career (53).
After flourishing at Marple Newtown, Gicking attended Villanova before eventually transferring to Shippensburg, where he was conference offensive player of the year and an All-American in 1999. He holds several program passing records. He played briefly in the Arena Football League II before the move into coaching.
— MATT SMITH
Marple Newtown School District is apparently wrapping up interviews and could announce its new head varsity football coach at next week’s school board meeting
Marple Newtown great Chris Gicking, a longtime assistant under Conestoga’s John Vogan, is believed to be one of the favorites for the position. Gicking, you might remember, had the greatest career of any Delaware County quarterback while with the Tigers from 1993-95.
Ray Gionta resigned from the head coaching position to take the vacant Sun Valley job last month.
Information on how to register for Inter-Ac League champion head coach Mike Murphy’s football camp is available.
Go to MikeMurphyFootballCamp.com to learn more.